Katsunori Hamanishi Biography

Katsunori Hamanishi




Printmaker Katsunori Hamanishi was born in Hakkaido, Japan, in 1949. He studied painting and graduated from Tokai University with a degree in Art, in 1973. He earned a grant from the Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs to travel to the Cleveland Art Institute as a visiting artist from 1987 to 1988. Hamanashi is currently based in Tokyo, where his primary focus is mezzotint printmaking.

Hamanishi's early work focused on everyday objects, elevating them to Modernist works with a nearly surreal quality by elevating things such as ropes, pipes, and the flora of his environment into a composition of delicate, meditative balance. He also been exploring the use of color and metallic leaf in his artwork. In 2005 Mr. Hamanishi began the Haze series exploring more abstract themes using the subtle differences between matte and black inks done in mezzotint and relief printing.

There is always a sense of mystery and intrigue in the complex mezzotint prints that come from Hamanishi’s deft hands. They compel the viewer to do a slow, thoughtful examination in order to fully absorb the vision the artist intends.

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts --2 person show with Hamaguchi
Ibiza Biennial, Spain--Grand Prize
Original Colored Graphic Print Triennial, Switzerland--Grand Prize
Cabo Frio International Print Biennial, Brazil--Grand Prize
CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo--Art Grant winner
Republic of China Print Exhibit--Gold Medal
Graphic Arts Council, Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco--commissioned print
Art Institute of Cleveland
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada--visiting artist
Shun-yo-Kai, Tokyo--prize winner
Bhara Bhavan International Print Biennale, India
Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay

The British Museum, London
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art Institute of Chicago
National Museum of Art, Osaka
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania
Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo
Krakow National Museum, Poland
Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa
Cleveland Museum of Art
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco

Some elements of this biography come from the website of Ren Brown Gallery, who represents the artist.